Graduate Diploma of Global Development

Graduate Diploma of Global Development

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor degree; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Dean, College of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission

For external delivery option, computer and internet access is required

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Global Development, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply advanced knowledge in international development policy and practice.
  • Critically reflect on one’s social and cultural positionality to identify biases and assumptions that inform understandings of poverty, development, inequality and wellbeing.
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise complex information, concepts and theories from a range of sources across relevant disciplines.
  • Communicate complex theoretical propositions, methodologies, development-related data, arguments and conclusions to a variety of audiences.
  • Analyse, evaluate and generate solutions to complex social and environmental problems by using high levels of initiative, autonomy, accountability and collaboration in the application of development practice knowledge and skills.
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts.
  • Evaluate the design and implementation of development projects and policy-related initiatives.

Course Structure


EV5951:03 Development in Practice

EV5952:03 Critical Issues in Global Development

AN5006:03 Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation

PL5153:03 Politics and Foreign Relations


Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 1


Disaster resilience and natural resource management

EV5020:03 Human Dimensions of Nature, Environment and Conservation

EV5209:03 Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

EV5107:03 International Environmental Policy and Governance

EV5606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning

EV5614:03 Leadership in Disaster Management

Public health

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

Sustainable development planning and policy

EV5001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV5003:03 Environmental Economics

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV5301:03 Urban Geography and Design

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change

BZ5755:03 Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

WS5103:03 Community Development

Indigenous futures

IA5119:03 Empowerment and Change

IA5030:03 Navigating the Cultural Interface

Governance and social change

HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History

LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance

LB5236:03 International Political Economy

PL5110:03 Shifting Geopolitical Environments in Emerging States

PL5006:03 Political Communication; Ecology and Environmentalism

Leadership and management for development

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5241:03 Leadership

LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution

LB5530:03 Conflict Resolution Processes

The development researcher

EC5202:03 Cost Benefit Analysis

EC5216:03 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation in Economics

EV5110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

EV5953:03 Research Methods in International Development









Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Course includes mandatory Fieldwork

Yes, this course includes mandatory fieldwork

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the following award:

  • Graduate Certificate of Global Development

Course articulation

Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Global Development, and will be granted credit for all subjects successfully completed under this course.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Masters degrees.

Special Awards

Not applicable